In many areas, the Potomac is frozen shore to shore. Boat ramps are frozen solid. This week, sort through tackle and get mentally prepared for the weeks to follow after the ice melts.
With the weather forecast and 32-degree water, don't expect to fish this week and into next. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday brings a chance of snow showers and highs in the mid 30s. Overnight lows in the single digits and daytime highs only around freezing until Thursday when the thaw begins ever so slightly. Friday barely gets above 40. Showers and low 40s for the weekend.”
Followers of this report acknowledge my go-to winter bait is the Silver Buddy. The lure has been around for decades and there aren't really any reliable knock offs. In the past few years, only the half-ounce silver bait has been on the market. That's fine with me as this version is the most versatile. Well, reports on my single bait preference reached lure maker, Buddy Banks. Buddy called to inform me of other versions he has reintroduced into the lure marketplace. The popular ¼-ounce is perfect for very tough conditions or expanding species targets, including Crappie. The ¾-ounce provides a bigger target and does well in warmer conditions. Buddy also revealed a 1-ounce version for bigger fish! Musky and some saltwater species will fall prey to this heavy metal vibrating lure. Just as significant are the color options. The stainless steel version has been a mainstay, but nickel and gold plated baits are back. Availability is still limited but the website is the best place to start, silverbuddy.com.
When the ice melts don’t forget to bring your Lucky Craft suspending Pointer 78 jerkbaits to the warm water discharge areas.